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Golden Grape Awards: Favourite Party Wine

In the latest round of our Golden Grape Awards we asked our staff to choose their favourite Party Wine from the entire Majestic range.  After a week of nominations we whittled this down to a shortlist of 6 wines and these were then voted on to determine the overall winner of the Golden Grape Award.

The results are in and we are pleased to annouce the winner of our third Golden Grape Award for Favourite Party Wine is….

Golden Grape Awards - Favourite Majestic Party Wine

Rueda Blanco 2009, Marqués de Riscal, Spain

Storming ahead with 26% of the overall vote.

Rueda Blanco 2009, Marqués de Riscal, Spain
Marqués de Riscal, Spain

A fascinating alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Riscal is a traditional Rioja house, but they make their white wine to the west in Rueda. By blending the local Verdejo grapes with Viura, they have created a clean, crisp wine brimming with aromatics. The nose has apple and lime along with orange blossom. There is just enough acidity to balance the citrus fruit flavours, and a soft finish of pear, stone fruit and anise.

Jonathan Wilson, Manager, Majestic Ayr

On this occasion not only did we ask our staff to make their decision on their Favourite Party Wine, this time we asked you too! We are happy to say that our staff and customers think alike as Marqués de Riscal Rueda Blanco was your preferred choice also.

It was a close call for the runner-up positions, and this is how it looks:

Château Guiot 2009 Costières de Nîmes, France

The runner-up with 20% of the vote was this classic Majestic favourite – as evidenced by our Managers Choice video by Graeme Shepherd,  manager of Majestic New Barnet!

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough, New Zealand

Came in a close third with 19% of staff voting this as their favourite party wine.

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2009 MarlboroughThere once was a Water of Gold,
People drank it to make them feel bold.
Hints of lemon and lime
Made it taste so sublime
Paired with canapes, and cold!

Ros Anderton, Assistant Manager, Majestic Wokingham

Château Mont Milan 2007 Corbières, France

16% for another best selling French red wine

Château Guiot 2009 Costières de NîmesThe Languedoc area, with it’s sweeping Mediterranean coastline and dramatic Pyrenees foothills, offers some of the best value wines in France, and this cracking Corbieres is no exception. Fragrant crushed black pepper is the first thing you notice on the nose, with a sprinkling of mixed herbs. On the palate, soft juicy fruit prevails, making this the perfect party wine.”

William Monk, Manager, Majestic Maidstone

Fairhall Cliffs Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough, New Zealand

Made exclusively for the Majestic range in 5th place with 13% of the votes is

Fairhall Cliffs Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough“Crafted by legendary vintner Brent Marris, this fantastic value Kiwi Sauvignon exhibits vibrant, lifted, herbaceous and tropical aromas. Very fresh and fruity, crisp and clean citrus fruit flavours with a very long finish. Oozing the charm and class that all Kiwis possess, with an edge of sophistication, this wine is guaranteed to excite and entice, while being enjoyed by all.”

Hansi Baumann, Manager, Majestic Marylebone

Argento Malbec 2009 Mendoza, Argentina

Closely followed by with 12% of the votes is the popular Argentinian Malbec

Argento Malbec 2009 Mendoza“With loads of juicy brambly fruit, balanced acidity and a hint of soft vanilla spice this is a superb value wine from the Mendoza region – that receives an average 300 days per year of sunshine! Its juicy, fruity character makes it a perfect party red, but it also has the body to handle a tender rib-eye steak and creamy dauphinoise potatoes. Either way it will help to keep the winter chill at bay for a bit longer!”

Sam Ferguson, Manager, Majestic Hereford

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